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Overview

Introduction to McAllen, Texas

McAllen is a city located at the southern tip of Texas in an area known as the Rio Grande Valley. Only about five miles from the Mexican border, McAllen is situated along U.S. Route 83, which connects the Valley to West Texas. Other major highways servicing the city include U.S. Route 281 and Texas State Highway 107. Regional air transportation is available at Miller International Airport, which offers frequent daily flights to major hubs in Houston, Dallas and Mexico City.

Developer John McAllen settled in the Rio Grande Valley in the late 1800s and established a town site in 1904 known as West McAllen. Shortly thereafter, other developers started a nearby town which they named East McAllen. The two groups eventually joined forces and in 1911 the City of McAllen was incorporated. Over the next several centuries, McAllen experienced steady growth and by the 1970s saw an increase in industrial trade and manufacturing brought about by activation of the Free Trade Zone (FTZ). The passing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in the 1990s enhanced the impact of the FTZ, resulting in the creation of several thousand new jobs in both the U.S. and Reynosa, Mexico. Over the last three decades, McAllen has transformed into the regional Valley leader in commerce and government and has become home to a large number of national businesses.

Attractions in McAllen and Rio Grande Valley

The International Museum of Art and Science is an outstanding art and science museum located in McAllen. Mexican arts and crafts are displayed in the North Gallery, while the Earth Science Gallery features a long-term exhibition of dinosaur tracks as well as a working meteorological display. The Museum of South Texas History contains a large collection of exhibits and artifacts covering South Texas history including Spanish exploration and colonization, the Mexican War, Rio Grande steamboat era, early ranching and farming, etc. Nature lovers will appreciate Quinta Mazatlan, the McAllen Wing of the World Birding Center, whose mission is to preserve the 1930s adobe estate and the native plants and animals of the Rio Grande Valley. The Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1943, is home to many birds, waterfowl, and animals native to the Valley. The 2,000-acre preserve recalls life as it was in the region in the early 1900s before it became heavily developed. Another outdoor venue is the Bentsen-Rio Grande State Park, which features over 500 acres of moist woodlands and dry chaparral brush lands and is ideal for camping, hiking, and picnicking.

Professional sports in the Rio Grande Valley are embodied by three regional teams: The Edinburg Coyotes, based in nearby Edinburg, Texas, are an independent minor league baseball team which competes in the United League. The Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees are a professional ice hockey team which is based in Hidalgo, Texas and belongs to the Central Hockey League. Also residing in Hidalgo are the Rio Grande Valley Dorados, a professional arena football team and member of the af2 league.

Mcallen Almanac

CategoryValue
County Hidalgo County
Standard Zip Codes78501, 78503, 78504
P.O. Box Zip Codes78502, 78505
Phone Area Codes956
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude26.21
Approximate Longitude-98.23

Mcallen Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationMCALLEN
Distance1.3 miles
Jan Temp48 to 69 F
Apr Temp64 to 85 F
Jul Temp75 to 96 F
Oct Temp65 to 86 F
Annual Precip22.6 inches
StationMC COOK
Distance21.6 miles
Jan Temp47 to 69 F
Apr Temp63 to 86 F
Jul Temp74 to 98 F
Oct Temp64 to 87 F
Annual Precip21.6 inches
StationSANTA ROSA 3 WNW
Distance23 miles
Jan Temp48 to 69 F
Apr Temp63 to 85 F
Jul Temp75 to 96 F
Oct Temp64 to 86 F
Annual Precip21.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Alamo19,021$43,105
Granjeno334$64,531
Hidalgo13,449$40,328
Mission82,200$46,866
Pharr75,172$38,988
San Juan35,983$37,263

Mcallen Public Libraries

Mcallen Public Library
4001 N 23RD ST
Mcallen, Texas
(956) 681-3000

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Mcallen Hospitals

Mcallen Heart Hospital-er
1900 S D St
(956) 994-2600
Lifecare Hospitals Of South Texas - Mcallen South
(Proprietary)
2001 South M Street
(956) 688-4300
Solara Hospital Mcallen Lp
(Proprietary)
301 West Expressway 83 8th Floor
Rio Grande Regional Hospital
(Proprietary)
101 East Ridge Road
Lifecare Hospitals Of South Texas - Mcallen North
(Proprietary)
5101 North Jackson Road

Mcallen Public Schools

Achieve Early College H S
2000 N 23rd St
ZIP: 78501
(956) 618-6048
High
Total Enrollment 408
Alvarez El
2606 Gumwood Ave
ZIP: 78501
(956) 971-4471
Primary
Total Enrollment 513
Cathey Middle
1800 N Cynthia
ZIP: 78501
(956) 971-4300
Middle
Total Enrollment 1043
Cavazos El
1501 W Freddy Gonzalez
ZIP: 78501
(956) 289-2535
Primary
Total Enrollment 571
De Leon Middle
4201 N 29th St
ZIP: 78501
(956) 632-8800
Middle
Total Enrollment 718
Fields El
500 Dallas Ave
ZIP: 78501
(956) 971-4344
Primary
Total Enrollment 585
Hidalgo Co J J A E P
3900 N 23rd
ZIP: 78501
(956) 688-6123
High
Total Enrollment 2
Hidalgo Co J J A E P
3900 N 23rd St
ZIP: 78501
(956) 688-6123
High
Total Enrollment 6
Hidalgo Co J J A E P
3900 N 23rd St
ZIP: 78501
(956) 381-8600
Horizon Montessori
221 N Main St
ZIP: 78501
(956) 668-1400
Primary
Total Enrollment 609
Houston El
3221 Olga Ave
ZIP: 78501
(956) 971-4484
Primary
Total Enrollment 582
Idea Mcallen Academy
201 N Bentsen Rd
ZIP: 78501
(956) 429-4100
Primary
Total Enrollment 591
Idea Mcallen College Preparatory
201 N Bentsen Rd
ZIP: 78501
(956) 429-4100
Middle
Total Enrollment 363
Instr/guid Center
2604 Galveston Ave
ZIP: 78501
(956) 971-4393
Other
Total Enrollment 68
Jackson El
501 Harvey
ZIP: 78501
(956) 971-4277
Primary
Total Enrollment 819
Lamar Academy
1009 N 10th St
ZIP: 78501
(956) 632-3222
High
Total Enrollment 115
Lincoln Middle
1601 N 27th St
ZIP: 78501
(956) 971-4200
Middle
Total Enrollment 620
Lloyd & Dolly Bentsen El
2101 S Taylor Rd
ZIP: 78501
(956) 668-0426
Primary
Total Enrollment 611
Mcallen H S
2021 La Vista Ave
ZIP: 78501
(956) 632-3100
High
Total Enrollment 2207
Mcauliffe El
3000 Daffodil Ave
ZIP: 78501
(956) 971-4400
Primary
Total Enrollment 645
Memorial H S
101 E Hackberry Ave
ZIP: 78501
(956) 632-5201
High
Total Enrollment 2246
Midvalley Academy-mcallen Charter H S
200 N 17th St
ZIP: 78501
(956) 618-2308
High
Total Enrollment 128
Milam El
3800 N Main St
ZIP: 78501
(956) 971-4333
Primary
Total Enrollment 949
Morris Middle
1400 Trenton Rd
ZIP: 78501
(956) 618-7300
Middle
Total Enrollment 951
Navarro El
2100 Hackberry Ave
ZIP: 78501
(956) 971-4455
Primary
Total Enrollment 427
Seguin El
2200 N 29th St
ZIP: 78501
(956) 971-4565
Primary
Total Enrollment 548
Southwest Key Program
3900 N 23rd
ZIP: 78501
(956) 688-6123
High
Total Enrollment 8
Thigpen-zavala El
2500 Galveston Ave
ZIP: 78501
(956) 971-4353
Primary
Total Enrollment 646
Travis Middle
600 E Houston Ave
ZIP: 78501
(956) 971-4242
Middle
Total Enrollment 609
Wilson El
1200 Hackberry Ave
ZIP: 78501
(956) 971-4525
Primary
Total Enrollment 514
Bonham El
2400 Jordan Rd
ZIP: 78503
(956) 971-4440
Primary
Total Enrollment 333
Brown Middle
2700 S Ware Rd
ZIP: 78503
(956) 632-8700
Middle
Total Enrollment 855
Escandon El
2901 Colbath Ave
ZIP: 78503
(956) 971-4511
Primary
Total Enrollment 477
Hidalgo County J J A E P
3017 S 10 St
ZIP: 78503
(956) 380-3837
Other
Total Enrollment 1
J J A E P
3017 S 10th
ZIP: 78503
(956) 994-0068
Other
Total Enrollment 1
J J A E P
3017 S 10th St
ZIP: 78503
(956) 994-0068
Other
Total Enrollment 1
Roosevelt El
4801 S 26th St
ZIP: 78503
(956) 971-4424
Primary
Total Enrollment 617
Student Alter Prog
3017 S 10th St
ZIP: 78503
(956) 994-0068
High
Total Enrollment 5
Blanca E Sanchez
2901 Incarnate Word
ZIP: 78504
(956) 971-1100
Primary
Total Enrollment 489
Castaneda El
4100 N 34th
ZIP: 78504
(956) 623-8882
Primary
Total Enrollment 626
Donna Wernecke El
4500 Dove Ave
ZIP: 78504
(956) 928-1063
Primary
Total Enrollment 770
Dr Pablo Perez
7801 N Main
ZIP: 78504
(956) 971-1125
Primary
Total Enrollment 565
Garza El
6300 N 29th St
ZIP: 78504
(956) 971-4554
Primary
Total Enrollment 623
Gonzalez Elementary
201 E Martin Ave
ZIP: 78504
(956) 971-4577
Primary
Total Enrollment 870
Lucile Hendricks El
3900 Goldcrest
ZIP: 78504
(956) 971-1145
Primary
Total Enrollment 446
Michael E Fossum Middle
7800 N Ware Rd
ZIP: 78504
(956) 971-1105
Middle
Total Enrollment 854
Olivero Garza Sr El
7905 N Taylor Rd
ZIP: 78504
(956) 580-5353
Primary
Total Enrollment 650
Rayburn Elementary
7000 N Main St
ZIP: 78504
(956) 971-4363
Primary
Total Enrollment 550
Sharyland North J H
1500 Dove
ZIP: 78504
(956) 686-1415
Middle
Total Enrollment 907

Mcallen Private Schools

Our Lady Of Sorrows School
1100 Gumwood Ave
ZIP: 78501
Elementary
Total Enrollment 499
St Johns Episcopal Day School
2500 N 10th St
ZIP: 78501
Elementary
Total Enrollment 174
St Paul Lutheran School
300 Pecan Blvd
ZIP: 78501
Elementary
Total Enrollment 137
Taylor Christian School
2021 W Jackson Ave
ZIP: 78501
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 26
Central Christian School
1320 W Nolana Ave
ZIP: 78504
Elementary
Total Enrollment 44
Covenant Christian Academy
3800 Primrose
ZIP: 78504
Elementary
Total Enrollment 354
South Texas Christian Academy
7001 N Ware Rd
ZIP: 78504
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 310
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